From roguelikes to hack and slash, dungeon crawlers have been a staple in gaming for years.
With such a wide range of games to choose from, and in such a varied category- where to start when it comes to dungeon crawlers? We have condensed it down to our top 10 dungeon crawlers of this decade. Have you tried them all?
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan
Atlus’ Etrian Odyssey series has established itself as a firm favourite amongst fans of the classic dungeon crawlers thanks to it’s immense dungeons, awesome soundtrack and great colorful visuals. Although notoriously difficult, Etrian Odyssey IV saw a more accessible version of the game when it introduced a ‘casual mode’. This simplified character classes and allowed Etrian Odyssey IV to be enjoyed by both newcomers and veterans alike.
Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition
Thirteen years after its initial release, Beamdog breathed a new lease of life into this notable isometric icon; refining the Infinity Engine and developing widescreen and iPad compatible new content whilst still utilising the 2nd edition Advanced D&D ruleset. A seamless mix of narrative and sandbox action; the characters, voice acting and hours of gameplay make Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition a title that still holds up well today.
Legend of Grimrock II
Originally intended as DLC for the first title, Legend of Grimrock II is a refreshing take on the 3D grid-based subgenre of action RPGs; introducing a vast and interconnected non-linear adventure with multi-level dungeons, clever variety of puzzles, and challenging real time combat as you attempt to escape from the island of Nex and its nefarious Island Master. With your fully customisable party of four and a mysterious ‘dungeon master’ pulling the strings, this game is a no brainer for D&D and dungeon crawler fans alike.
Enter the Gungeon
Like bullet hells? Like roguelikes? Then you’re gonna love Enter the Gungeon. This brilliantly charming and unique indie title is all about guns and gun related puns wrapped in a 16-bit inspired package. An action packed dungeon crawler with a diverse array of enemies and memorable bosses that will literally fill the screen with bullets; the main attraction of Enter the Gungeon is in its colossal choice of weapons and gadgets, ranging from a duelling pistol, to a proton backpack, to a shotgun full of love, there’s hours of fun to be had with this gun mad game.
A Kickstarter success story that exceeded its target in less than a week and its backers were not disappointed. Taking heavy influence from the Diablo series in its action RPG style, Grim Dawn is a, well, much grimmer alternative that sees you battling for survival in a loot ridden doomed world that is both beautiful and broad in its high octane hack-and-slash combat and sprawling Gothic London / Wild West themed environments.